Festivals of Goa
Shigmo Celebration in Goa
Shigmo in Goa is esentially a festival of the masses. It is the festival of farewell to winter celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Phalguna (March), the last month of the Hindu calendar. The Celebrations In Goa, begins with Naman or collective obeisance of villagers from 9th moon day to full-moon day. During all these days, they are to 'Shun' non-vegetarian food and all intoxicants.
From the 11th Moon day to the 15th moon day, various village groups clad in their most colorful dresses set out with festive mood with multi-colored cloths, torans, flags and column-like red spoted Dwajas, beating drums and blowing flutes to gather at the village temples, and dance in the temple court yard singing various folk songs to the beat of the drums. A spectacular display of Goan Hindu ethnicity and mythology is on show as the annual Shigmo parade held centerstage on Panjim's 18th June Road every year. Attired in traditional costumes, folk groups consisting of women dancers give vibrant performances of various Divli dances. These are interspersed by Romtamell groups that move along the route in their traditional Goan drums. The grand finale is provided by artistically designed and lit-up floats.